(3 syl.). According to the Peripatetics, the universe consists
of eleven spheres enclosed within each other like Chinese balls. The
eleventh sphere is called the empyrean or heaven of the blessed. (See Heaven.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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